Halvor Egner Granerud (25) was occasionally superb and won the World Cup overall last season. In the World Cup opening, it just went almost.
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Last season, Granerud took eleven victories in the World Cup, among them two in Nizhny Tagil, back in Russia for this year’s first World Cup race, it was almost a repeat of last year.
For Granerud led after the first round, but with a jump of 125 meters in the final round, the Norwegian became number three.
As the winner of the World Cup last year, Granerud started last in the first round, and with a jump of 133 meters, the Norwegian took the lead.
– He comes out very well right away, gets great height and flies down nicely, said Viasat’s jumping expert Andreas Stjernen about Granerud’s first jump.
Towards this season, Granerud has been clear that he wants to be the first male Norwegian jumper to win the World Cup for a total of two years in a row. That in an Olympic season.
– The World Cup overall has first priority, the Olympics a good number two, Granerud said when VG met him at the jumpers’ kick-off.
It was an upturn and for Daniel André Tande, who after the panic in Planica has fought back and qualified for the final round in Russia in the comeback.